When to Order Material for your Bathroom Remodel

Once you have decided to remodel your bathroom, the planning begins.  Most homeowners start off with a general theme and style they want to accomplish for their new bathroom.  Once they have decided on those two things, many homeowners do not really know where to start.

It is important to understand that when you are building a custom or semi-custom bathroom, the sequence in which you order material plays a very important role in the project because delays in receiving material essentially means delays in starting (and completing) your project.

This is an exciting time but once you get started, product selection can be overwhelming.  Here are the 7 core products, and the sequence you need to purchase them in, to ensure you keep your sanity (we have excluded accessories, trim,  and paint in this particular article):

1.  Select your vanity.


Do not delay on selecting your vanity, some are custom made or are not in stock and can take several weeks to receive.  You do not want your finished bathroom to be delayed while you wait for your vanity to arrive from the manufacturer.  Most contractors will not begin work on your project until all the materials have arrived so this is a priority.

2.  Select your bathtub and shower glass doors (if applicable).


Bathtubs, like vanities, can have a long delay in shipment depending on where they are coming from and if they are in stock.  There are a variety of different sizes and options for bathtubs including type of material, depth, length, with or without jets, and handles.  Becoming popular are the walk in tubs meant for aging in place.

3.  Select your faucets and trim to be installed.

Glass vessel sink

Selecting your faucets and trim is an essential part of your shopping.  There are “rough” parts to the shower fixtures which will be installed behind the drywall and under the tile floor.  Without those parts, you will be delayed in the middle of your project.  Be sure to match your tub and shower trim to your sink faucets, many times they are paired in a “family” of products such as Kohler’s “Memoirs Collection” .

4.  Select the tile for your shower and backsplash.


Tile is just as important as your vanities because its such a large piece of the bathroom.  You will be selecting tile for your shower and backsplash so you will want to consider how well they coordinate with one another.  We tend to guide our clients against “matchy – matchy” with the different products to avoid a “washed” look.  For example, we might suggest not using white tile with white cabinets.

5. Select your toilet.


When it comes to toilets, the choice may seem simple, however, toilets are getting more and more sophisticated!   There are toilet options that are designed to be green and save water depending on which flush option you choose.   Additionally, there are a variety of style and color options. Manufacturers such as Kohler have families of sink, tub, and toilets which have the same style, making your product selection choices a little easier when you want them to match.

6.  Select your lighting.

Zen bathroom remodel San Diego

Don’t forget to consider your lighting options…there are so many to choose from.  Not only do you have to decide between canned lights, pendant lights, or light bars – you also need to decide what you want out of your light switches.  For example, do you want to have a dimmer, is it important to have a built in night-light?  Those types of questions will lead you to the light that will fit your family’s lifestyle.


7.  Last, but not least, select your flooring


Flooring is your last and final piece to your master piece. Ditch the linoleum and select flooring that works with your design.  If you love wood but don’t want the hassle of maintaining a wood floor, there are now porcelain wood tiles that can give you the look of wood flooring.  Travertine flooring along with ceramic tile are also popular choices.


Your bathroom has the potential to look amazing.  The world of design and remodeling have endless capabilities to turn the idea of your space to a wonderful masterpiece. Start getting inspired by looking at local design build contractor’s website or better yet look to see if they have a Houzz profile.   Anything is possible no matter the size of the space.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

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3 Types of San Diego Home Remodeling Contractors

When considering a major home renovation many homeowners will ask friends and family for a referral or they will look to the internet for recommendations on who to invite out to their home to provide them with an estimate.  The problem is, many consumers do not really know what type of remodeling contractor they need.  There are essentially 3 types of San Diego home remodeling contractors.  Here is a cheat sheet to help you understand what type of remodeling company you should be reaching out to:

Specialized trade contractor –

Special trade contractors may work as a subcontractor, performing only part of the work covered by a general contract, or they may work directly for the homeowner for only the trade for which they are licensed (ie:  plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, etc).

General Contractor (No Employees, sometimes referred to as a remodeling contractor) –

Someone who has the ability and license to tackle a lot of different aspects of a remodel.  Most of these type of general contractors are good at what they do, however they are not specialists in any aspects of the remodel.  This type of general contractor might be referred to as or “jack of all trades” (although, if licensed, insured, and highly experienced, is likely more than just that).  A remodeling contractor may work by himself and not carry workers compensation insurance.  If he/she does have employees then the license holder is required by law to carry worker’s compensation insurance.  A remodeling contractor who works solo is responsible for everything related to the business including accounting, sales, gathering materials, installing materials, scheduling, warranty, so and and so forth.

General Contractor (Corporation/Organization) –

A General Contractor who is the license holder for a corporation has all the skills of the general contractor listed but will typically be hired for more complicated projects such as a home addition, kitchen remodel, exterior renovations, or custom home, and should have a higher level of sophistication and business acumen.  Typically general contracting companies offer better and longer warranties.  A general contracting company often hires sub-contractors or employs in-house specialized tradespeople (sometimes both!) to perform each individual trade within the remodel.  This type of general contractor not only manages the schedule and the tradespeople, this contractor also has employees to assist homeowners with design, space planning, product selection, and manage product tracking and delivery.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general contracting corporation (the general building license holder is John Crocker).   The company offers services to homeowners in San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA and has a kitchen and bathroom showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

If you are still a little confused about what type of remodeling contractor you need for your home remodeling project, the best place to look for information is the Contractors State Licensing Board (www.cslb.ca.gov).

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